If I may, a brief note from myself to everyone. Looking back on the anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair held in Bethel, New York, in 1969, 50 years ago today, I find myself checking in retrospective, my own life in the past 50 years.

I know now I can't vote for Donald Trump for the presidency, now after his pronouncement that mentally ill people are the cause of mass shootings. This demonizing of a person or group of people has been his trademark. Enough is enough.

We agree with the recent letters from State Sen. Joe Benning (July 26) and Rutland resident Hurley Cavacas (July 31) about the need for civil political conversations and the harm to our society from political polarization.

The headline last week and this week [as of Friday, Aug. 16] was designed to catch your attention, but it is only true in the eyes of those on the left who cannot accept that [President Donald Trump] was elected by the will of the American voter or that he has done an amazing job in his thre…

The year 1850 was good for the Pleasant Hill Plantation in Amite County, Mississippi. Overseer Eli J. Capell, a diligent and responsible employee, kept meticulous financial records of production, revenues, expenses, investments, etc. At year’s end, he itemized the plantation’s holdings of “N…

Last week when the president made his trip to Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of the mass shooting there, he was met by chanting protesters. Their demands he “Do Something” are a cry for real change, for concrete steps to stop the killing, beyond sending thoughts and prayers.

The NRA is half right about one thing. Guns don’t kill people. But the NRA leaves out the second half of the truism, which is: Young men with guns kill people. The brute fact is that 99% of the mass shootings in the United States are perpetrated by young men. Yes, we have a gun problem, and …

Change, it has been said, is the only constant. Certainly, it’s been around since before one-celled organisms began the long process whose current results we see all around us. I use “current” because we humanoids — let alone giraffes, salmon and poison ivy — are hardly the culmination of th…

I have to say I find myself outraged that a nation founded on the ideal "all men are created equal and endowed with certain rights" is now under attack by a movement claiming the white race in America is endangered by the presence of people with a different skin pigmentation.

We long for change. We are uneasy in the prickles of our dissatisfaction. We are confused by the wild complexity of this world around us. We live in chaos and in chaotic times. We strive for simple moments of comfort and understanding.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. I will be joining participants of all ages in the fight against the disease at the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 7 at Main Street Park …

Many things make me proud to live in the Rutland region, but recently two great community efforts have proven exactly how much a group of civic-minded locals can accomplish. The path at Northwood Park, which was littered with logging debris after a winter logging project, was beautifully cle…

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines recently to change long-standing guidelines related to cable franchising fees. The modifications detrimentally affect one of educational media’s great unsung heroes, Public, Educational and Government, or PEG, access televisio…

Our committee (Brittany, Nicole, Kevin, Erron, Chuck, Ricky, Dan and myself) wanted to send out a big thank you to all of the local organizations/vendors, volunteers, first responders and participants for their support of the 2019 National Night Out event this past Tuesday [Aug. 6].

Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl who, for the past year, instead of attending school, has spent every Friday sitting in front of the Swedish Parliament building with a sign that says: “Strike for Climate.”

The state's juvenile detention facility in Essex Junction is again in the news. This time, a judge ordered a bunch of changes and set time limits. Restraints, isolation and mentally ill juveniles are the new court-ordered issues.

Everyone praises attempts by individual citizens to reduce their carbon footprints by reducing their consumption of goods and thus, the production of goods. I know that from personal experience. No one objects even though those attempts reduce our city’s, state’s, nation’s and world’s GDP.

I am in favor of renovating the cottages at Lowell Lake and returning them to overnight service. I am also in favor of the event barn. Lowell Lake is an artificial lake (resort) that has hosted visitors in its cottages and buildings from the 1880s through the 1980s. From 1980 on, after the r…

Grover Norquist’s rather unpleasant concept of “the bathtub” remains a central tenet of the national Republican Party. And the consequences of employing it (the bathtub) as Norquist famously fantasized in an interview on National Public Radio in 2001 are demonstrated with each effort in that…

With respect to the chairwoman of the Vermont Republican Party, Ms. Billado, I want to complement her commentary in the Rutland Herald on Aug. 9. She writes fiction so well it deserves applause.

For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. Here in Vermont the average annual cost of brand name prescription drug treatment increased 58% between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Vermonters increased only 11.5%. Prescription drugs don’t work if patients can’t af…

In 2008, PBS broadcast a four-part program on its long-running American Experience series titled, simply, FDR. It was a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from his birth in 1882, through his youth as the only child in a privileged family in Hyde Park, New York, his marriage – which beca…

“In Guns We Trust.” To protect us (and our possessions). To deliver us from evil. Guns are our bottom-line, sometimes first-line, defense. “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” our primary offense. In either case, it’s guns we trust. Yet, they are always pointed at us.

When, the mob first came to Rutland, they quickly forced out the armed competition by removing the hunters from the forest. Hunting can help keep my digestive system in balance so, I was a bit irritated to say the least.